Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Linda Ghys

 Linda Ghys

Linda Ghys is a Lecturer in Indigenous Education. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Studies), a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours), a Graduate Certificate in Education - Specialisation (University Teaching) and is currently completing a PhD in Communication Studies for which she is the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Scholarship. Her heritage includes Dutch, Belgian, English and Rom (‘Gypsy’) ancestry.

Linda began her academic teaching career in 2005 with the David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research, a School within the University of South Australia, as well as working with Indigenous students through the ITAS program.  She also coordinated and taught several subjects to students studying with the SAIBT (South Australian Institute of Business and Technology).  Prior to this, Linda had a long history of involvement with Adult and Community Education within the field of Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN).

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  • Adult Education
  • Communication and Culture
  • Whiteness and Identity
  • Media/journalism education
  • Multicultural societies
  • ‘Race’ and racism

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I am currently undertaking a PhD in which I will continue to explore questions of representation within media discourse. The study will be directed towards print media communication and dissemination.

I am also continuing to work collaboratively with my supervisor Dr. Tangi Steen on media reporting of so-called Pacific Islander youth 'gangs' and gang culture, in which we are exploring the creation of 'space/spaces' related to such youth by Others. We were invited to present our findings at the Tongan Research Association conference at the University of California, Berkeley in December, 2009. 

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Research Publications

  • Ghys, L.C. (2007) Just journalism or just journalism: practising safe text. Online Proceedings of ‘Sustaining Culture’ (2008) Annual Conference of the Cultural Studies Association of Australia (CSAA) University of South Australia, Adelaide December 6-8,2007. http://www.unisa.edu.au/cil/csaa/onlineproceedings.htm

Unpublished Thesis

  • Ghys, L.C. (2006), It's all there in black and white: representation of ATSIC in the South Australian print media, unpublished thesis.

Conference Presentations

  • Ghys, L.C. & Gray, S. (2012), Location Matters: overcoming the barriers to education for Indigenous students in rural and remote Australia. International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Madrid, Spain, 19-21 November 2012. (also presented at the CSU Faculty of Education Research and Graduate Studies Forum in August 2012) 
  • Ghys, L.C. (2011), Tell me a story: the mythologising of Pasifika youth in contemporary Australian print media, Tonga - Yesterday,Today and Tomorrow, Tonga Research Association (TRA)14th International Conference, Tongan National Cultural Centre, Tofoa, Tongatapu, 13 - 16 July, 2011.
  • Ghys, L.C. and Steen, Dr. T. (2009), Media representation of Pacific Islander youth by Others: A space for continual (mis)construction of individual and diaspora identities, Siu` Alaimoana: Voyaging through the oceans of Tongan theories and practices, Tonga Research Association (TRA), University of California, Berkeley, USA, 3-6 December, 2009.
  • Ghys, L.C. (2007), Trust me - I'm a journalist, Sustaining Culture, Cultural Studies Association of Australia (CSAA) University of South Australia, 6-8 December, 2007.

Book Reviews

  • Ghys, L.C. (2010), Orphaned by the Colour of My Skin: A Stolen Generation Story, by Mary Terszak. Reviewed in: Journal of Australian Studies, 34:1, pp 118-119, February, 2010.
  • Ghys, L.C. (2009), Forgetting Aborigines, by Chris Healy. Reviewed in: Journal of Australian Studies, 33:3, pp 376-378, September, 2009.


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